The US Tennis Affiliation acknowledged Tuesday that developments within the coronavirus pandemic might dictate transferring the US Open, now scheduled to begin in August. However the American federation mentioned it would not decide any new date for its flagship Grand Slam with out consulting the opposite main championship organizers, the Worldwide Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA excursions. “We acknowledge that such a call shouldn’t be made unilaterally,” the USTA mentioned in an announcement — a scarcely veiled jab on the French Tennis Federation which introduced earlier Tuesday it was transferring the second Grand Slam of the yr, the French Open, to September 20-October 4.
In suspending the occasion initially scheduled for Could 24-June 7, the French Federation apparently declined to seek the advice of different stakeholders within the sport.
The chosen dates, one week after the present scheduled conclusion of the US Open, caught the ATP and WTA abruptly.
They battle with the Laver Cup in Boston, the place Europe’s prime gamers are scheduled to tackle a World group.
Roger Federer has already dedicated to the occasion.
The US Open, the ultimate Grand Slam on the calendar, is scheduled to run August 24-September 13 on the Billie Jean King Tennis Middle in Flushing Meadows, New York.
“The USTA is continuous to plan for the 2020 US Open and isn’t at the moment implementing any modifications to the schedule,” the USTA mentioned.
“These are unprecedented instances, although, and we’re assessing all of our choices, together with the potential of transferring the event to a later date.”